Norfolk

RAF Marham exercises freedom of the borough

RAF Marham personnel marching though King's Lynn
Image caption RAF Marham exercised its freedom of the borough when its personnel marched through King's Lynn
RAF Marham personnel marching though King's Lynn
Image caption More than 80 service men and women took part in the parade which assembled on the Tuesday Market Place
Mayor Elizabeth Watson inspects the parade
Image caption Mayor Elizabeth Watson inspected the parade and said it was a "highlight" of her year
Gp Capt David Cooper and mayor Elizabeth Watson
Image caption Two squadrons joined the procession but the station's third flight is in Afghanistan
The RAF regiment band marching in the street
Image caption The Band of the RAF Regiment accompanied the parade through the town
The RAF regiment band marching in the street
Image caption The Band of the RAF Regiment accompanied the parade through the town

Troops from an RAF base have exercised their freedom of a Norfolk borough with a parade.

About 80 RAF Marham personnel marched through the streets of King's Lynn before a flypast by a Tornado, from the station's No II squadron.

Crowds watched as Mayor Elizabeth Watson inspected the parade, which included the band of the RAF Regiment.

The site had been threatened with closure but it will now be the base for the force's newest fast jets.

The defence secretary Philip Hammond announced in March RAF Marham would be the home of the Joint Strike Fighter, known as the Lightning II.

It will replace the Tornado aircraft which will gradually be phased out but no date has yet been given for its arrival.

Two squadrons joined the procession but the station's third flight is in Afghanistan.

RAF Marham servicemen and women parade through the west Norfolk town each year.

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